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Hamburger SV fires Mirko Slomka as coach

September 15, 2014

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Hamburger SV fired coach Mirko Slomka late Monday after the club’s poor start to the season.

Hamburg media director Joern Wolf told The Associated Press that the 47-year-old former Hannover and Schalke coach had been dismissed “with immediate effect.” He had no details on a possible successor.

Slomka took over last February, when he was charged with preventing Hamburg’s first relegation from the Bundesliga. That was only achieved through a nervy playoff win over second-division side Greuther Fuerth at the end of the season.

Hamburg is the only club to have played every season in the top flight since the league was formed in 1963.

Slomka follows in the footsteps of predecessors Bert van Marwijk and Thorsten Fink, who were fired last season. His last game was a 3-0 loss at his former club Hannover.

A management shake-up over the summer and appointment of Dietmar Beiersdorfer as chairman was supposed to herald a change of fortune for the club, but Hamburg is scoreless in three Bundesliga games and bottom of the table.

Hamburg has failed to win any of its three opening Bundesliga games for the past four seasons.

Thomas Tuchel is reportedly the club’s favorite to take over, though the former Mainz coach had indicated he wants a year off.

Dutch coach Huub Stevens has also been mentioned as a candidate to return to the club he coached from 2007-08, when Beiersdorfer was sports director in a previous stint.

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